Thursday, October 8, 2015

The refugee tragedy in our own backyard



In this op/ed in the Los Angeles Times, Holly Cooper and Jayashri Srikantiah observe that, while Americans are shocked by the surge of refugees in Europe, we are ignoring the refugee tragedy in our own country. Thousands of asylum seekers who come to the United States must fight their cases in immigration court, too often from behind bars. More than 41,000 people applied for asylum in the last fiscal year in court, and many eligible individuals likely fail to apply. These refugees are invisible to us because of Department of Homeland Security detention policies.


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